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WHAT HAPPENS IF I TELL SOMEONE ABOUT AN INCIDENT

                                                                               

Dillard’s Title IX Policy requires that Dillard employees inform the Title IX Coordinator of any incident that could fall under Title IX. This is true for most faculty and staff. There are a few who are considered “Confidential Resources”, such as the counselors, who are not required to inform the Title IX Coordinator. Please know that informing the Title IX Coordinator of an incident is NOT THE SAME AS FILING A FORMAL TITLE IX COMPLAINT but it could lead to a formal complaint.

 

It is important to make sure the Title IX Coordinator is informed of an incident so that a number of things can happen. After being contacted, one of the things the Title IX Coordinator will do is to be sure the alleged victim is offered supportive measures, such as counseling, a no contact order, changes class schedule, work schedule, or living arrangements. Supportive measures can be put into place whether or not a student decides to file a complaint on campus. This is generally done in an email message with attached documents that list resources. There may be a follow up message sent to the alleged victim, but it is up to the student to respond to indicate that she/he is open to learning more about supportive measures and resources.

 

Another important reason to inform the Title IX Coordinator is because the Coordinator can inform the student about all of the options available to file a complaint on campus or not, and to assist with connecting with the Dillard University Police Department (DUPD) or even the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) if a student wants to move forward with filing a complaint there. There is no pressure and a student may only disclose what they feel comfortable sharing.

 

Here are the steps:

 

When the Title IX Office receives information of a possible issue or incident that includes an alleged victim’s name:

 

The Title IX Office will reach out to the person disclosing the information to obtain additional information such as an alleged victim’s name. If the person reporting the incident is also the alleged victim, supportive measures will be offered such as on-campus or off-campus counseling, health resources, and other assistance. The student is not required to meet with the Title IX Office, and meeting with Title IX does not mean a student is committed to filing a formal complaint. Interim measure may be appropriate, such as adjustments to living arrangements, class schedule, or work schedule. The student may choose to write out a formal complaint statement, choose not to file a formal complaint, or may wait to file a complaint at a later date.

 

This meeting is a great opportunity to discuss all of the options so that the alleged victim can decide to file or not file a formal complaint. The alleged victim can also discuss whether or not to pursue criminal charges with NOPD.

 

If the student does decide to file a formal Title IX complaint, Dillard’s Title IX Office will open an investigation which is the process of gather witness names, evidence, and any information involved in the incident. There are some occasions when an issue will be investigated without the alleged victim’s participation, such as when there are additional reports involving the same responding party, or when it becomes apparent that there is a community safety concern.

 

After completing an investigation, there may be the need for an adjudication process. This could be an administrative hearing, a formal hearing, or a mediation process. That is when all of the evidence is presented, witnesses provide their testimony and answer questions, and the process concludes with a decision on whether or not there was a violation and the sanctions if there were any violation and that is sent to both parties in a decision letter.

 

After a decision letter is sent, either party may choose to appeal the decision based on some specific guidelines explained in the Title IX Policy.

 

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